Leroy James murder: Youth detained for boy's Enfield killing

Leroy James
Image caption Leroy James was stabbed in the heart

A boy whose murder of another teenager was captured on the victim's mobile phone has been given a life sentence.

Leroy James, 14, was stabbed by Mustafa Gurpinar, 15, during a pre-arranged fight in Enfield, north London, in August 2011, the Old Bailey heard.

The jury was told that Gurpinar, who had denied murder, took a knife to what Leroy had expected to be a fist fight.

The killing was recorded on Leroy's phone by a friend. Gurpinar was ordered to be detained for at least 13 years.

Footage of the fight, which had been arranged on Facebook, was shown to the jury during the trial.

'Pet' knife

The youth, who was convicted of murder by a 10-2 majority, was also found guilty of possessing an offensive weapon at the conclusion of his trial in June.

Sentencing Gurpinar, who was 14 at the time of the killing at Ponders End recreation ground, Judge John Bevan said: "You have an extreme interest in knives. You took the knife to the park.

"You showed a singular lack of restraint. You knew if he was going to fight, you would win."

Image caption Gurpinar has "an extreme interest in knives", the judge said

The trial heard the killer pulled out a knife from his pocket, which he referred to as his "pet" or "alligator", as the schoolboys struggled.

A 12-second clip of the fatal attack was shown to the jury.

Other youths who were watching the fight and egging on the pair called out that Leroy had been "bored" when he collapsed on to his back. He was stabbed in the heart.

Duncan Penny, prosecuting, said: "Whilst he remained on his feet for a few more seconds, soon he fell and his lifeblood ebbed away.

"To those who were watching, what was expected to be a fist fight transpired to be anything but."

Following Friday's sentencing hearing, Sarah Counsell from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The prosecution case was that he had brought the knife to the scene with the intention of using it, demonstrating that he was therefore guilty of murder.

"There was evidence before the court of many Facebook conversations the defendant had with others where he had threatened the victim and his friends and saying that he would fight them using his 'pet' knife.

"This case shows the misery that knife crime causes."

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